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C-sections and Baths — Ask the Experts

By Peter Wood 1 min read

Q: When is it OK to take a bath post-C-section?

You are best to wait up to seven days so the incisions heal and to minimise infection risk. You can have a quick and light shower within a day of the surgery, however, be careful not to scrub the incisions and simply let the water run over them. If your tummy is bandaged, do consult your doctor and enjoy spending this precious time when you need to take it a little slower, while learning about your baby.


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Any advice given is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and must not be relied upon as such. For any healthcare advice, always consult a healthcare practitioner.

Peter Wood is an obstetrician-gynaecologist with Sydney Adventist Hospital.